Sunday, May 31, 2009

One Year

One year ago at this time, I was cradling a tiny six pound bundle in my arms, wrapped in three warmed blankets. I had seen her fingers and toes from a distance, but she was so tiny they bundled her up so quick. I was aching to see those fingers and toes, but contented myself with examining her beautiful face, of holding her close, of wanting her to be warm, of the unbelievable reality of what the day had brought. Baby Girl had entered the world at 6:58 p.m.

Right now, it's 8:22 p.m. It's been a long and exhausting day. Sundays are for me anyhow, but we celebrated this little bundle today. Only one uncle (my sister's husband) was unable to be here. Baby Girl's Grandma P. and Grandpa L. (Daddy's parents), Grandma J. (my mom), Auntie K. (my sister), Uncle B. (Daddy's brother) and Auntie C. (not to be confused with Auntie K. of the same sounding name) with their two boys, Big Brother, Big Sister, and Beloved Babysitter and her husband and four boys. But I was able to snuggle my baby girl who is getting so big--23 pounds or so and kiss her beautiful face, to marvel in what those tiny fingers can do today. It was a lovely day. I hoped to write poetically about this day--which I recently found out is a lesser church festival--the day of Mary's visitation to Elizabeth, and this day this year is Pentecost. Those posts will have to wait for when I have more energy.

For now, I am so thankful for the unbelievable reality of this day--this precious Baby Girl who was given to me, entered this world one year ago today, and continually reminds me how blessed I am.


Sarah S-D said...

happy birthday to baby! and blessed remembering to you!

and what a cool factoid about the lesser feast day falling yesterday. i have a friend visiting with her two month old this coming thursday to sunday. our girls are almost exactly, within a day, 4 months apart. when they first visited us here she was in early pregnancy and I was entering the last trimester. i said then that i felt like elizabeth to her mary (for lots of reasons!) she liked that. and now they're coming again! what perfect timing!

Songbird said...

Blessings to the whole family, especially the Birthday Girl!

Sarah said...

Ever since my kids were born, I've come to realize that maybe their birthdays are more for ME than for them, especially while they're young. Congratulations on your first year with Baby Girl!